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mistakes in writing a will, errors in writing a will, pitfalls in writing a will & problems in writing a willCommon Mistakes, Errors & Pitfalls BEFORE Writing A WILL


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1. Didn't Account For ALL Assets
  • It's important for you to make a list of all your assets, including any insurance death benefit.

  • If you fail to account for all your assets or you are unwilling to reveal your complete information on your assets, then it is unlikely for the beneficiaries or executor/s to have complete knowledge of your assets after you pass-on.

  • The people who are disadvantaged will be your beneficiaries.



2. Didn't Provide For Taxes & Other Financial Considerations
  • Consider setting aside some liquid cash to pay for taxes and bills.

  • In jurisdictions where estate tax applies, calculate the estate tax your estate needs to pay upon your death once you have listed all your assets.

  • Other taxes that you need to make provision for include gift taxes (if any) and outstanding income taxes.

  • Other expenses to make provision for include lawyer fees that your executor may need advice from, funeral expenses and other unpaid bills such as credit cards, phone, utility bills, etc.


3. Didn't Appoint Competent Executor/s
  • Before you write your last WILL, consider the Executor’s ability to execute your WILL.

  • Finding a competent executor will facilitate and speed up the distribution of your assets.

  • It is even more important to consider the skills and knowledge of the executor if you have a complicated WILL or diversified assets for distribution.

  • Consider appointing additional executors (with different competencies) to facilitate the execution of your last WILL.

  • Once you have decided on the executor, obtain their consent first before finalising your last WILL and testament. You do not want to surprise your executor when the time comes.

  • For more details on how to select your executor and questions on executor, please visit “What to consider when writing a WILL?” & “Questions Surrounding Will Writing”.


4. Didn't Appoint Appropriate Guardians
  • Most assume that the spouse will look after the child/children if the testator pass-on. But what happens when both the testator and the spouse pass-on together?

  • The role of a guardian is not an easy role to undertake. He/she looks after the welfare of your child/children until the legal age. Thus it is important to appoint the right persons to the task.

  • Once you have decided on the guardian, obtain their consent first before finalising your last WILL and testament. You do not want to surprise the guardian when the time comes.

  • Seriously consider the role of a personal guardian and/or an estate guardian.

  • For more details on both types of guardians and how to select your guardian, please visit “What to consider when writing a WILL?”



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